From The Bottom Up Foundation (FTBUF) is a privately funded and registered non-profit organization that provides diaper assistance to the families of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Any parent will tell you that diapers are very expensive. Costs can range anywhere from $40 to $100 a month per child depending on the type and quality purchased, which makes a huge dent on some families monthly budgets. Fortunately, From The Bottom Up Foundation (FTBUF) is trying to limit the burden of monthly diaper spending for families in need.
On Friday October 13th, FTBUF will hose their first Van Art Fundraiser silent auction. The event will feature stunning work by local artists with proceeds going directly to the purchase of diapers for families in the DTES.
The vast majority of child care services require parents to provide diapers in bulk at the beginning of each week, a huge costs for families with tight budgets. Situations in which parents are unable to provide an adequate supply of fresh diapers can lead to parental insecurities or feelings of guilt. This again puts a strain on family relationships and can debase an experience that could otherwise be healthy, positive and constructive. To date, FTBUF has distributed over 64,000 diapers to families in the DTES.
The event will feature artwork by Taka Sudo, Robert Bateman, John Ferrie, Laura Zerebeski, Deb Bakos, Frank Townsley, Fraser (Art Lord) Crowley, Melanie Ellery. If you are interested in donating a piece of your work to this amazing cause, please do so HERE.